Australia, France lead Davis Cup semis

17 September, 2017, 07:07 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Australia and France gain advantages in Davis Cup semi-finals

France is just a win away from advancing to their 18th Davis Cup final after Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert scored an expected 6-1 6-2 7-6 victory over Serbs Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic in an hour and 50 minutes. "It's never easy to serve for the match, I felt weaker at the worst time".

The Serbian team is without Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki for this weekend matchup.

Meanwhile in Brussels, Australia also need just one more point to reach the final for the first time since they won the title in 2003 after John Peers and Jordan Thompson breezed past Arthur de Greef and Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium 6-3 6-4 6-0.

However, normal service was resumed in the breaker, which was won comfortably by France to provide Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with the opportunity to seal the tie, which is a repeat of the 2010 final, and secure a second appearance in the showpiece in four years.

France and Australia took charge of their Davis Cup semi-finals in Saturday's doubles as they built 2-1 leads over Serbia and Belgium respectively.

A similar note of caution was sounded by Noah ahead of the tie being held on the same clay where France lost the 2014 final to Roger Federer's Switzerland.

"It was surprising. Davis Cup doubles you usually see marathon five-setters", Thompson said.

"We came out really strong and sustained it from the start and was able to stay on top of it. It was unbelievable. We got the job done".

"Lleyton and I have put so much dedication into this, the Davis Cup has been my No.1 priority this year", Kyrgios said, referring to Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt.

Belgium's David Goffin, the world number 12, will face the unpredictable world number 20 Nick Kyrgios on Sunday, while Australian John Millman, ranked 185, will take on Steve Darcis, 77.

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